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The Body of God: An Ecological Theology

The Body of God: An Ecological Theology

Award-winning theologian Sallie McFague here develops a striking and novel vision of the universe, one that takes seriously and radically both contemporary science and the incarnational commitments of the Christian tradition.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800627355
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 288
  • Publication Date May 1, 1993


"This book matters! Sallie McFague has created something important and necessary—a model of God specifically for the sake of the earth. If traditional concepts of god have alienated us from the bodies of the material world, then what alternative do we have? Is there any sense of transcendence, of spirit, of Christ, of trinity that will help rather than harm the earth today? McFague takes up these great and heavy questions with firmness and authority, with modesty and ambiguity, with wisdom and patience. No one else has yet unfolded with comparable constructive clarity the relation between the earth crisis and our notion of God."
— Catherine Keller, Drew University

"A breakthrough. A wonderful work, one that is likely to have an impact comparable to Models of God. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and found it to be immensely helpful."
— Peter C. Hodgson, Vanderbilt Divinity School

"A very distinctive and important new option for Christian theology. McFague proposes in a clear and challenging way a theological program based on what she calls 'the organic model' for conceiving God. Her model is in keeping with contemporary scientific understandings of the widely accepted common creation story and provides a good basis for reconceiving the Christian understanding of human existence in an ecologically ordered natural world. Very illuminating, with some brilliant insights."
— Gordon D. Kaufman, Harvard Divinity School